Josh Berry Holds Off Stout CARS Late Model Stock Tour Field To Win At Myrtle Beach Speedwayby Hunter Thomas September 18, 2016
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Josh Berry held off Tommy Lemons Jr. and Sam Yarbrough on Saturday night to win the CARS Late Model Stock Tour’s Bakerdist.com Honeywell 200 presented by 100.3 The Team at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
With Saturday night’s win, Berry has now won three races in only two weeks at the track. Last weekend, he won the twin races, and then this weekend, Berry took the checkered flag, earning his fourth CARS Late Model Stock Tour victory of 2016.
“It really all started for us last week,” Berry said. “We came down here and ran twin 50s and were able to win both of them, and really ever since we unloaded last week, we’ve been fast. We quickly realized that we were going to be a real shock to win. Three-for-three here is obviously something that you never expect, but we had an awesome car, and I just tried to bide my time at the beginning and be good at the end there, and luckily it worked out for me.”
Berry started on the pole but was soon passed by Deac McCaskill in Turn 1 on the low side on lap 13. Same Yarbrough was also able to squeeze by for the second position, slipping Berry back to third. On lap 36, Yarbrough, who competes at Myrtle Beach Speedway on a weekly basis was able to pass McCaskill in Turn 1 to claim the lead for the first time of the night.
Bryant Barnhill brought out the first caution on lap 42 after he went for a spin in Turn 1. Barnhill didn’t make contact with the wall, so he was able to continue. On the restart, it was Yarbrough and McCaskill bringing the field down to the green flag with Berry and Lemons Jr. lined up just behind them.
By lap 70, Berry was challenging Yarbrough for the lead. The two drivers ran side-by-side, until Berry was finally able to get out in front as he made the pass in Turn 1 on lap 73. Six laps later, Berry was able to extend his lead over Yarbrough as the two drivers caught lapped traffic.
“It’s tough,” Berry said in reference to beating local racer, Sam Yarbrough. “He’s the best here. I know how hard it is to go into these different places and win. Every track that you go to has the local hero, and he’s that here. I have a ton of respect for him. He runs great. It always means something, when you best someone like that because you know that they’re giving you their A-game.”
The field was bunched back up on lap 84 as the caution came out for Tommy Lemons Jr., who had a flat right rear tire. Berry chose the outside on the restart and was able to hold on to the lead as the field barreled into Turn 1.
In the end, Berry went to Victory Lane and earned his seventh top-five and seventh top-10 of the CARS Late Model Stock Tour season. Lemons Jr. captured an impressive second place finish as he battled his way through the field in the closing laps after bringing out the caution for a flat tire.
“The right rear tire is a big deal here, and we had a lot of advantage there at the end,” Lemons Jr. said. “I thought we had a really good car. After that first caution, I don’t know if I run over something under the caution or right after the green flag dropped. I just kind of lost the balance on the race car.
“I felt like after 10 laps, we were probably losing a tire. I couldn’t tell which one, but it ended up being the right rear going down. We just kept slowing down and slowing down. Finally, it went down on the rim, and we were able to get the caution out, come back in and change it and drive back through the field. A lot of right rear right there. A lot of luck. We’ll take it and go on to the next one.”
Sam Yarbrough finished third, while Christian Eckes and Deac McCaskill rounded out the top-five.
The CARS Late Model Stock Tour’s next event will be the Cloer Construction 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, October 29.
To view the CARS Tour TV highlights from Saturday night’s Late Model Stock race, click here —> CARS Late Model Stock Tour Highlights
1.) #88 Josh Berry
2.) #27 Tommy Lemons Jr.
3.) #20 Sam Yarbrough
4.) #1 Christian Eckes
5.) #08 Deac McCaskill
6.) #98m BJ Mackey
7.) #88t Robert Tyler
8.) #7 Justin Crider
9.) #12m Austin McDaniel
10.) #99 Layne Riggs
11.) #41h Haley Moody
12.) #98 Stefan Parsons
13.) #28 Chris Hudspeth
14.) #74 Ronald Hill
15.) #5 Stephen Leicht
16.) #23 Zachary Dabbs
17.) #88 Chris Kyle
18.) #31 Thomas Beane
19.) #42 Craig Stallard
20.) #8 Trevor Rizzo
21.) #5b Bryant Barnhill